100. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Roses at Mottisofont

Roses at Mottisofont

Centenary
Pronunciation: /sɛnˈtiːnəri/ /sɛnˈtɛnəri/
British
Definition of centenary in English:
noun (plural centenaries)

The hundredth anniversary of a significant event.
— Oxford Dictionary

Ok, so maybe not 100 years and maybe not significant in the grand scheme of things - it is however the highlight of my blogging week, the  bit I look forward to the most because lovely people join in and it's always a beautiful escape into a garden somewhere else in the world. 

This week I've gone renegade and I'm looking back on some photos from the past 100 weeks and people and posts that have stuck in my mind. It's totally indulgent I know, but awesome that I've met some lovely folk from this linky, both online and then in real life.

I still chuckle to myself when I think how many people joining in were totally freaked out my Claudia's doll heads...

Doll head in flower pot c/o @Lil Muse Lily

Doll head in flower pot c/o @Lil Muse Lily

But that's not what we all love Claudia, Lil Muse Lily, for is it? When I think of Claudia's garden I think of her photos with beautiful light, dazzling colour and interesting wildlife, her love of orchids and of course the water hyacinths.

Water hyacinths c/o Lil Muse Lily

Water hyacinths c/o Lil Muse Lily

I've loved watching peoples gardens developing over time and now seems like a perfect chance to step back in time and remind ourselves how much has changed, like in Gemma's garden back last May when she was making raised beds.

Making raised beds c/o Gemma Garner

Making raised beds c/o Gemma Garner

Raised bed c/o Gemma Garner

Raised bed c/o Gemma Garner

Gemma's growing journey has just taken a positive turn as she's just been offered some allotment space, more on that here. On the topic of allotments, I loved seeing how Emma,Tales of a Greenwood, wove a hazel fence recently for her allotment.

Hazel fence c/o Tales of a Greenwood

Hazel fence c/o Tales of a Greenwood

Back to the quirky with Katie from Randomnest, her Troll Wedding  blew my mind, I love such fun and creativity outdoors.

Crazy-with-a-K antics aside, Katie's photography is stunning, both at home and in Washington D.C.

Image c/o Randomnest

Image c/o Randomnest

Last year I met Katie and that's one of the things I love about this weekly linky, it's led to me meeting some great people in real life. People like the lovely Victoria, Southbourne Gardens , Charly from PODcast and Kriss from Wild about here.

Left: Kriss Right: Victoria

Left: Kriss Right: Victoria

Kriss and the children

Kriss and the children

Victoria talking to Charlys daughter

Victoria talking to Charlys daughter

At Hitchin Lavender Farm a group of us met up and I was chuffed to meet Helen from The Good Life Mum and lovely Ella.

Helen & Ella

Helen & Ella

And we went over to France and met Rosie, Eco Gites Lenault, a lovely woman who works very hard and whose polytunnel skills are legendary. When I saw Emma, Spuddler, last week she was telling me how she's inspired to get a polytunnel because of Rosie.

Polytunnel at Eco Gites Lenault

Polytunnel at Eco Gites Lenault

Talking of Emma from Spuddler, I've been enjoying looking back at her photos, especially the gathered goodies of her labour - a bit of a moral boost to anyone planting out at the moment.

Veggie basket c/o Spuddler

Veggie basket c/o Spuddler

And this upcycled bird feeder stuck in my mind too.

This is making me think that we need some more Meet Up dates arranged - at one time there were many sorted - keep your eyes peeled in my sidebar / menu bar for new ones later today - and of course if you have somewhere that you think would make for a good meet up let me know and we'll make it happen!

Meet up at Hitchin Lavender

Meet up at Hitchin Lavender

A huge thank you to everyone who joins in, from the die-hard 'every-weekers' to the 'dippers-in-and-out' - you make it a lovely weekly thing to be a part of. And sorry I couldn't show more people's photos and mentions -  you'd be getting RSI from all the scrolling down otherwise!

Roses at Mottisofont

Roses at Mottisofont

Finally the bluebells are out in my garden. The front garden gets sunshine allll day long so they always come out a good 3 weeks before local forest floors turn purple. Blue, pink and whites have flowered so far.

Bluebells

Bluebells

Yesterday the kids and I celebrated the 100th week in style by making a yarn teepee in the garden, more on that soon!

Yarn Teepee

Yarn Teepee

Lamb via Gemma Garner

Lamb via Gemma Garner

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